simonsen’s sorrow

Unhappy: Steve Simonsen.
Unhappy: Steve Simonsen.
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STEVE Simonsen last night revealed his anguish at Sheffield United’s predicament in the Championship table.

Micky Adams’ side face Portsmouth today in 23rd place and six points adrift of safety with just 12 games of the season remaining.

Simonsen, the former Everton and Stoke City goalkeeper, said: “It’s disappointing and it’s infuriating.

“With the talent we’ve got here we just shouldn’t be in this situation.

“But the fact is that we are and plainly it’s because, for whatever reason, we’ve just not been good enough. The squad is fantastic. I speak to plenty of people in the game who have got no association with Bramall Lane whatsoever and they all ask me how we’ve ended up in the position we have.

“I tell them that a lot of lads – players who are especially important for us – are out injured. But we should still be doing better.”

Simonsen, who has been informed by Adams that he wants to increase competition between the posts after deputy Richard Wright suffered a setback in his battle against injury, hinted disruption behind the scenes has also had an adverse effect on performances.

But Simonsen refused to condemn supporters for lambasting the team following last weekend’s defeat by Derby County.

“It’s disappointing for the fans,” he added. “I can understand that but, believe me, after matches the frustration in the dressing room is exactly the same.”

United travel to Fratton Park searching for their first win since December’s 1-0 victory over Swansea City. Nick Montgomery, Sam Vokes and Joe Mattock could all come into contention after making rapid progress in their battles against injury.

“We’re in trouble, no doubt about it, but the belief is still there,” said Simonsen. “We’ve just got to keep battling away until someone says that it (survival) is no longer possible.

“I think we’ll need five or six wins at least from our remaining games. It won’t be easy but we can do it.”